Pretty soon, we’re going to be flooded with lots of news on all the new gear products coming out later this year and beyond. It’s because the annual Consumer Electronics Show opens up this week in Las Vegas. The show runs January 6-9, and features a messload of exhibits showcasing the latest in everything from BlueTooth technology to home theatre to WiFi. Some of the major products that debuted in past CES shows include plasma TV’s, HDTV, CD’s and DVD’s. It’s just huge, with some 129,000 attendees. Special events to look out for this year include a pre-show keynote speech by Bill Gates, and a show-floor gaming competition. Speaking of games, PSXExtreme reports that details on the Sony PSP’s US launch, pricing, and titles will all be revealed at the show.
The administration at Las Vegas’s McCarran International Airport have decided to grant its travelers free Wi-Fi service. The seventh largest destination irport in the country, McCarran will install the Wi-Fi and allow users to simply open their laptops and connect. In contrast, Raleigh-Durham International Airport has hired Cingular to install wireless, and will charge ten dollars per 24 hour period or fifty dollars per ten 24-hour connections.
This split decision by the two airports shows both sides of a national debate over wireless internet; should it be free, or should we have to pay for it? Having recently traveled through several large airports and having spent some time in layover, I wished I could log-on to the internet for a quick check of the e-mail, but the only airport offering wireless was Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, and it cost five dollars per hour.
In additions to airports, several coffee shops and restaurants now offer free wireless internet to their patrons. Recently, I visited a Taco Bell with a free wireless hotspot! Now that’s technology.
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At this weeks CES, FIC will unveil “Vasilli” , a portable media player powered by linux. This PMP includes a built-in 20GB hard drive and large, 3.6-inch color LCD display. It also includes TV- and audio-out ports, a built-in speaker, a USB 2.0 device interface, a USB host interface, a 10/100 Ethernet LAN port and a docking station that supports s-video. The Vasilli will be priced at $500 and sold to OEM’s for rebranding.
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SBC announced today their plans to provide digital set-top boxes for consumers that would provide DVR-like capabilities. In conjunction with Dish Network, Cingular, Yahoo, SBC broadband DSL, and other SBC owned companies, the devices would allow customers to record TV, listen to internet radio, view pictures from their computers, and program their DVR remotely from the internet. Also planned is the ability to program the DVR from your Cingular wireless phone.
Perhaps the most appealing part of their plan is the waiving of a monthly fee for usage; consumers will pay a one time fee for the device, and only continue to pay the standard subscription fees to Dish Network and SBC Yahoo DSL, all of which can currently be rolled into a single bill from SBC. This convenience is a contrast to the monthly fees charged by TiVo.
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Picture this: The temperature is cold, you are high atop a mountain looking down, and you drop off the lift. You feel the cold air as you wiz down the side of a mountain. You hear your favorite song playing, but it gets interrupted by your all too familiar ringtone. You tap your sleeve…“Hello?”, it’s the Mrs. yelling at you to get home.
Ok maybe not so cool, but this is the next generation of clothing. Motorola and Burton are devloping ski jackets that will have a padded casing for a Motorola cell phone and an MP3 music player. They will feature a device on the sleeve that lets the wearer control incoming and outgoing calls, and toggle back and forth to music, sending audio signals to removable speakers in the hood.
Thank you, Caller ID.
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Now this is something I can really sink my teeth into. I have Vonage broadband phone service at my house and I absolutely love it. For $24.99 a month I can make unlimited calls to anywhere in the US and Canada. Now Vonage is preparing to offer wireless VOIP services. Using any standard 802.11b network, users can use this phone to make calls on their vonage account. How cool is that?
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The moment many people have been waiting for is here. No longer are Athlon 64 buyers constrained to only a handful of motherboard choices. Nine motherboards have been released and available for purchase. The new motherboards are:
- Abit AV8-3rd Eye
- Albatron K8X890 Pro
- Asus A8V Deluxe
- Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe
- EPoX EP-9NDA3+
- Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 – nForce4 And 1394b
- Gigabyte K8NSNXP-939 – nForce3 And 1394b
- Leadtek Winfast 755FXK8AA
- MSI K8N Diamond – nForce4 SLI
- MSI K8N Neo2
- Soltek K8TPRO-939
Although these motherboards are high in price, the performance makes up for it. These motherboards offer a bundle of high performance features such as dual-channel memory. AMD’s high performance CPU is sure to sell even more now that a vast variety of motherboards are available, and more are sure to come. Now that you are hyped and ready to buy that brand spanking new motherboard, read the full story and reviews by Tom’s Hardware Guide.
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The next generation ICU (Intensive Care Unit) is on the horizon. The eICU (enhanced Intensive Care Unit) allows doctors to remotely monitor multiple patients in different ICU’s. Basically the way it works is that monitoring stations contain multiple screens that display patient’s diagnosis and progress, doctor’s notes, and vital signs. The people remotely monitoring the patients alert the nurses at the hospital of any suspicious changes via video conferencing equipment.
Read More | eWeek
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CNN.com has posted the results of a three-month long survey on the Most Influential Inventions of the past 50 years. The silicon chip, created 44 years ago, was voted number one with 24% of the votes, and the internet came in a close second with 20%. Also discussed in the article is the radio, invented in 1901. The radio allows users to listen to broadcasts wirelessly, and is still a very useful device today. The recent “tsunami disaster [is] an example of the wireless radio’s ability to give people valuable information during times of crisis.” Read more for information about the poll, and a discussion about the other inventions that have changed the world.
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The death toll for the tsunami in Asia reached over 150,000 this weekend, with over a third of those deaths being children. As reported earlier in our article on HelpDisasterVictims.com, the internet community has reached out to those in need, and it is reported that over $350 million has been donated by internet users and corporations alike. This CNET article discusses several of the donations being made by corporations, such as the Microsoft Corp donating $3.5 million, and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation announcing a $3 million donation. Amazon and Google have both made it easier for their users to donate to the Red Cross and other organizations. eBay, MSN and Yahoo have also posted links to organizations. If you would still like to donate to help those in need, check out some of those sites or read more below.
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